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  • Militias armed by the Indonesian government unleashed a series of attacks on Saturday against pro-independence activists in Dili, the capital of East Timor, killing and injuring scores of people. As many as 100 people are feared killed by the attacks. The violence, which erupted after a parade by pro-Indonesia militia supporters, was the worst in Dili since 1991, when Indonesian troops shot and killed about 270 people during a peaceful march....
    Apr 19, 1999 | Story
  • The Indonesian government said today that East Timor’s rebel leader Xanana Gusmão will be removed from house arrest and returned to prison unless he retracts a call to arms within one week. This comes just a few days after dozens of civilians were massacred in a church in East Timor by Timorese militias believed to have been armed by the Indonesian military. Indonesia yesterday postponed U.N.-sponsored negotiations on East Timor that were...
    Apr 09, 1999 | Story
  • Indonesian President B.J. Habibie said this week that he wants East Timor to decide on the question of autonomy before national elections on June 7–this according to Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer. Downer said that an "autonomy package" could be finalized during the next round of U.N.-sponsored talks on East Timor between Indonesia, Portugal and the East Timorese this upcoming March 7th to 9th. [includes rush transcript]
    Mar 03, 1999 | Story
  • Bowing to international pressure, the Indonesian military has retreated for the first time in 23 years from its hard-line stance on continued occupation of East Timor. After a prolonged meeting with President B.J. Habibie and his cabinet, Foreign Minister Ali Alatas said yesterday that Indonesia would grant independence to the East Timorese "if they want their freedom."
    Jan 28, 1999 | Story
  • Indonesia’s recent promise to recognize East Timor’s autonomy is a watershed in the decades-long movement to secure justice for the East Timorese. Activists, however, are greeting the promise with a certain amount of skepticism, as well as solemn reflection on past violence.
    Jan 28, 1999 | Story
  • "What Did Mobil Know?" Is the title of a Business Week expose about Mobil’s activities in Aceh, a troubled province on the Western tip of the Indonesian archipelago. More than a dozen monitoring organizations in Indonesia have charged that Mobil is responsible for massive human rights violations during the military operation in Aceh.
    Jan 06, 1999 | Story
  • Thousands of students have taken to the streets today in Dili, the capital of East Timor, to demand an investigation into the massacre of at least 50 people and the torture of scores more by the occupying Indonesian forces around the village of Alas.
    Nov 24, 1998 | Story
  • In the worst violence since protesting toppled dictator Suharto last May, at least five people have been killed today in Jakarta. Indonesian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, and shot water cannons and tear gas into the crowds. Student activists who marched on parliament demanding greater democratic change in Indonesia said that more than 50 people were injured, and two were in critical condition. Armored personnel carriers...
    Nov 13, 1998 | Story
  • Witnesses in Jakarta say Indonesian troops opened fire to block protesting students attempting to reach the parliament. They have called for the parliament to implement deeper political reforms. The Indonesian parliament convened for the first time since the ouster of President Suharto.
    Nov 12, 1998 | Story
  • Post Suharto —- as post Sani Abacha -—- are the people about to realize their dreams of participatory democracy, or see a democratic face painted on the same old military machine?
    Aug 26, 1998 | Story